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It’s not a carbon tax, it’s a carbonanza!

Crikey readers have their say.

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Murdoch’s BSkyB bid fails, is Austar next?

With News Corp’s BSkyB bid abandoned ahead of what would have been a unanimous vote in the UK Parliament, Rupert Murdoch is clearly vulnerable.

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A ‘fit and proper’ test case: rating Alan Bond’s character

Australia became one of the few countries to test what fit and proper might mean when it comes to being a media licensee, writes Dr Vincent O’Donnell of RMIT university.

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NotW: Murdoch withdraws BSkyB bid

Crikey media wrap: The News of the World phone hacking scandal didn’t just bring down a paper, it also destroyed Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation’s £8bn bid to buy BSkyB.

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This is what they do

The News of the World hacking scandal just picked on the wrong person. Not rich, not powerful, not political, not privileged, not public. A murdered British schoolgirl.

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Newspaper sales audit change … Aussie editor freed …

Front page of the Day … ABC announces “milestone” changes to auditing rules for newspaper sales … Australian media boss Ross Dunkley free after conviction in Burma …

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News Corp running out of puff as Sky deal looms

It’s going to be a big week for Rupert Murdoch and News Corp next week.

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NoW phone hacking scandal: third arrest in a week

Overnight in London, News Corp’s hopes blew up when British police arrested a third senior News of The World executive. The arrest damages News’ leaked confidence that it has the situation under control.

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As Murdoch steps up, the biggest relationship risk is Fox News

Is a 38-year-old Harvard dropout ready to take charge of the world’s most global and powerful media company? Many argue James Murdoch does have the necessary smarts to succeed his father as CEO of News Corporation.

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Rundle: What a surprise, Rupert winning again

Well, stone me, Rupert Murdoch got what he wanted. There’s a turn-up for the books, what a suprise.

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Simons: Murdoch’s Sky deal not ruffling feathers here

Rupert Murdoch is set to increase his ownership of the Australian Sky News pay television channel as a result of British regulators’ go ahead for him to take full control of the British Sky Broadcasting Group.

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A James Packer exclusive? … NT News, the cat and the UFO …

Here’s a press release by The CEO Magazine titled “The CEO Magazine Exclusive Interview With James Packer”. We can’t tell if they have an exclusive interview with James Packer or not… Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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For News, Sky’s the limit, scandals and sackings notwithstanding

Rupert Murdoch’s annus horribilus has become more annus, despite some pleasant smelling stuff in the form of a sharply higher half-year result from BSkyB.

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James Murdoch a chip off the old bloke when in comes to BSkyB

James Murdoch is up to the family’s oldest trick, bluff and blustering when it can’t have its way. Dad has turned it into an art form, by threatening to take something away that is not granted.

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US spending cuts, cable TV drop-off don’t augur well for News results

Overnight we had a taste of what might be ahead for News when Comcast, America’s biggest cable TV group, revealed a fall in earnings despite higher revenues and advertising income.

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Rupert’s going to war … and he’s taking Blair with him

Rupert Murdoch, I hear, is on the phone again. He’s annoyed by the way the phone hacking scandal has been dealt with by James and his No.2, Rebekah Brooks, writes Michael Wolff .

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Putting News Corp in US context (or what might have been)

Imagine if Murdoch had had control of Direct TV and his existing cable business, he’s be challenging Comcast for the top spot and be the biggest pay TV operator in the world, outside of China.

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Cable ties up top spot on News Corp’s earners

For the first time, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has made more money from its US cable TV businesses than from every other part in the business.

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For News, the Sky’s the limit, or is it?

There was more detail and reporting overnight on Rupert Murdoch’s almost $US12 billion attempt to take control of the 39% owned affiliate, BSkyB, in London. But Rupe and son James are nowhere to be seen.

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Rupert wants BSkyB control … Nine’s All Ords explosion …

It hasn’t taken Rupert Murdoch long to call in the IOU he holds for supporting David Cameron. Plus, a ripper of a day at the stock exchange, says Nine News, Google goes old-school and other media snippets.

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NAB sees future in US … China’s monthly check up … Murdoch buys more UK TV channels …

Inflation is tipped to rise in China, Murdoch’s BSkyB picks up some Virgin Media businesses,BP’s spending plenty on lobbying and other business news from around the globe.

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Rosy future for capex … Apple eats Microsoft … Club Austerity’s newest member …

Taxpayers to chip in for Foster’s, Foster’s write-offs could total $2.5 billion, UK’s Channel Five on the market and BSkyB close to buying Virgin Media TV and Apple takes the most-valuable title.

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Up to 700,000 jobs may go in US … BSkyB takes a shine to MasterChef producer …

Big job cuts on the way in the UK … BSkyB takes a shine to MasterChef producer … US 10-year bond rate hits a new low … Aa another US bank bites the dust, the central bank in Spain gives the Catholic Church something to think about …

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Jobs boost forecast in US … banks still failing … Chinese bubble busting …

Job figures in the US are tipped to be the best in 30 months … US banks continue to bit the dust … China puts the brakes on bank lending … Japan is still in deflation … BSkyB is expected to challenge an Ofcom ruling in the UK.

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Court rules against Murdochs: stake in ITV is pie in the Sky

Britain’s Court of Appeals has finally ended the family’s attempts to avoid following a directive from the UK competition regulator that it cut its 17.9% stake in terrestrial TV group ITV, writes Glenn Dyer.

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